Earthdance is an artist-run workshop, residency, and retreat center located in the Berkshire hills of Western Massachusetts.  We provide a dynamic mix of dance, somatic, and interdisciplinary arts training, with a focus on sustainable living, social justice, and community.  Earthdance has been spearheading innovative arts programming and maintaining a beautiful facility for rental groups in the Pioneer Valley for three decades.

Join us August 23-26!

Investigate and experience the ways that movement, sound, image and performance can inform human culture. Create an embodied dialogue at the intersection of modalities – voice, improvisation, site-specific performance, physical theater, and more.

This festival-style event includes multiple workshops each day led by teaching artists from the International Interdisciplinary Artists Consortium (IIAC). 

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Photo by Anna M. Maynard

 

 

We're strengthening our commitment to social equity

Earthdance is working to strengthen our commitment to social equity, with racial justice at the core. As we move toward more wholly supporting those in our community who are People of the Global Majority, and historically marginalized communities, we need support to complete and sustain these positive changes. 

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Summer/Fall registration is open!

We're so excited to welcome talented teachers and facilitators for new programming including Delicious Movement with Eiko Otake and Political Movement with faculty from The Institute for Somatics and Social Justice.

We're also excited for returning workshops: Moving Arts Lab, Transnational Dance Immersion with Donna Mejia, Dance Improvisation and Perfomance Intensive with Chris Aiken & Angie Hauser, and The Gratitude Jam and Workshop Celebration with Tom O'Donnell.

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Nomadic College returns to Earthdance!

The Nomadic College (NC), an Earthdance rental program, returns this June after a two year hiatus. Take part in a single weeklong workshop, or dive in with a full three weeks of classes!

NC offers a methodically designed curriculum and focused environment for the study of the Axis Syllabus, a trans-disciplinary research and training platform. The AS is born of an emergent, educational initiative to provide an accessible reference system for practical human anatomy and physics as they apply to training, rehabilitation and the art of dancing. The NC offers an intensive context for embodied practice, physical training as well as theoretical discussion, inquiry and creative expressions.

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THEME: KNOTTY GROWTH

Join us for this family-oriented Contact Improvisation (CI) Jam dedicated to play, understanding, and transformation with each other as we are, with nature and history.

Connect to the brilliant sunshine, grassy fields, knotty trees, and knotty bodies as we breathe into co-creating and embodying a world that meets our needs. There will be programming for young people of all ages.

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(Photo by Anna M. Maynard)

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August 2-5, 2018

After over 30 years of study, Donna Mejia has galvanized a teaching practice that defies categorization, highlighting dances of the North African/Arab rural communities, Yoga, Ballet, American hip hop, and Brazilian Silvestre Contemporary technique. Inventive fusion, hardcore rhythms, precision hip work, and attentive bodywork feed the mix.  Each morning features three hours of bodywork (stretching, alignment, yoga, & somatic science). Each afternoon, we dance!

Proceeds support Earthdance’s Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship.

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Upcoming Workshops & Trainings

July 10, 2018 (All day) to July 15, 2018 (All day)
A rental partner event held at Earthdance
August 2, 2018 - 5:00pm to August 5, 2018 - 3:00pm
After over 30 years of study, Donna Mejia has galvanized a teaching practice that defies categorization, highlighting dances of the North African/Arab rural communities, Yoga, Ballet, American hip hop, and Brazilian Silvestre Contemporary technique. Inventive fusion, hardcore rhythms, precision hip...
August 12, 2018 - 5:00pm to August 18, 2018 - 3:00pm
Dance Improvisation and Performance Intensive (DIPI) is an annual 6­-day residential workshop featuring the research and teaching of Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser.  Presented in August at Earthdance the intensive focuses on dance improvisation, performance, and related work. Time is spent tuning and...

Upcoming Contact Improvisation Jams

July 2, 2018 - 5:00pm to July 8, 2018 - 3:00pm
THEME: KNOTTY GROWTH A family-oriented Contact Improvisation (CI) Jam dedicated to play, understanding, and transformation with each other as we are, with nature and history. Connect to the brilliant sunshine, grassy fields, knotty trees, and knotty bodies as we breathe into co-creating and...
July 8, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Experience music & movement unfolding together in improvisation. Each month a new musician fills the space as we dance in playful exploration. All dance levels & styles are welcome. $10 - $15(No one turned away for lack of funds) Post-Jam Overnight Special: $30 | includes self-serve dinner...
October 18, 2018 - 5:00pm to October 21, 2018 - 3:00pm
Autumn's vibrancy of colors, shapes, and forms enters our bodies as we play with a range of approaches to Contact Improvisation and community.  Diversity and Inclusion Scholarships Available (more info coming soon)  Tuition, Room & Board (tiered for accessibility):Prices shown...